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The African cluster bug Agonoscelis puberula Stål, 1854 (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae: Pentatominae: Agonoscelidini), an Afrotropical stink bug previously introduced to the New World, is recorded from Cuba for the first time. The specimen was collected in 1978 and represents the oldest record in America, suggesting the possibility of its introduction during the engagement of Cuban troops in conflicts in tropical Africa during the Cold War, most probably from Angola. Complete bibliography of the papers citing A. puberula, its distribution, host plants and status of name-bearing types are reviewed. Additional records of A. puberula from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia (new record) are provided.

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A new Nearctic species of the genus Coniosternum Becker, 1894, C. masneri sp. nov., is described from Canada, and its important diagnostic characters are illustrated.

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An anatomically preserved fossil fruit Allericarpus parvivalvis (Bayer) J. Kvaček et Heřmanová comb. nov. is described from the Coniacian of Březno (Březno Formation), from the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin. Its morphology is characterised based on x-ray and SEM studies. It shows a pentamerous fruit consisting of loculicidally dehiscent capsules. The fruit is subtended by thin persistent sepals. The taxon is compared to other similar taxa, particularly to two earlier described fossil species of Allericarpus. All its characters indicate relationship with the family Pentaphylacaceae of the order Ericales.

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Prince Klemens Metternich (1773–1859), Austrian Foreign Minister and Chancellor, gathered large collections at his Kynžvart Castle in Bohemia. In 1827, collections of coins, minerals and rocks of former Cheb executioner Karl Huss were purchased, and a publicly accessible museum was founded in Kynžvart in 1828. Huss became the first curator of the museum. The collections were organized and exhibited. Collections also included fossils, zoological preparations and various artifacts. Other curators of the Kynžvart museum were Joachim Auer, Paul Rath and Moritz Kersten. In 1948, minerals and rocks from the Kynžvart collection were transferred to the National Museum in Prague. Today, 821 samples of minerals and 175 rock samples from the Metternich collection are stored in the National Museum’s collection.